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Aug 15, 2011 11:29 PM by Maddie Garrett

Mother, Community Grieves Loss of Murdered Boy

A Thibodaux man remains in the in the Lafourche Parish Jail on $5 million bond after police say he decapitated his disabled seven-year-old son. Investigators say 30-year-old Jeremiah Lee Wright confessed to murdering his son, Jori Lirette, Sunday afternoon.

Police found the boy's head near the street in front of Wright's house. The boy's feet and one hand were cut off and found with his body in garbage bags near the porch.

Police have not identified a murder weapon yet, but did confiscate several tools from the house and the kitchen sink area, which is where they believe the murder took place. Thibodaux Chief of Police Scott Silverii told reporters Wright showed little emotion during questioning and did tell police why he killed his son.

"They encountered Mr. Wright, he was on the porch just watching the officer's actions and actually told the officers that it was a CPR dummy, that the head was a CPR dummy. And it was during the interview process that Mr. Wright confessed to having killed the child," said Silverii.

Now a mother and a community are left grieving over the loss of the young boy and struggling to comprehend such a horrific crime.

"If I could go back and change yesterday I would, but I can't," said Jori's mother, Jesslyn Lirette.

Jesslyn Lirette came home Sunday afternoon to find police tape around her house and her son murdered.

"He was a very important person in my life, maybe the best thing that ever happened to me," said Lirette through tears.

Though Jori Lirette had cerebral palsy, was in a wheelchair and needed a feeding tube, those who knew him say he was something special.

"Everyone loved him, even though he could not express in words his feelings to us, he could with his smile," said Jori's principal, Diane Smith.

Jori would have started second grade at South Thibodaux Elementary on Monday. But instead grief counselors were on hand to help students and teachers cope with his death.

"This is a horrific situation for us. Please note, Jori came to us when he was in Pre-K and many lives have been touched by him," said Thibodaux Schools Superintedent Joann Matthews.

Just a few feet away from where the boy's mangled body was found now rests a memorial for young Jori on the home's front porch. Marilyn Guidry, a family friend, stops by leave a token of her sympathy. She said her children used to have play dates with Jori.

"He was always happy he was wonderful," said Guidry.

But today she stops by for a different reason.

"To show her my support, to show her that I'm here for her if she needs me," she said.

It's a time when all Lirette can do is send prayers up to her beloved son, "You will be missed and loved by everyone and we will pray every day in your honor. Love, your Mom."



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